Carducci Quartet
Kathryn Stott piano
Benedict Nelson baritone
Julian Bliss clarinet

A Voyage to the New World is a weekend of intimate concerts and talks exploring the works of a broad range of composers who were inspired by their travels from Europe to the New World. In addition to this, we hear music by some of America’s most eminent composers, including Gershwin, Barber and Copland. In a series of performances curated specially for Cheltenham Music Festival, the Carducci Quartet are joined by friends including one of the world’s finest clarinettists Julian Bliss, known for his versatility across a range of genres, young baritone Benedict Nelson, who has drawn comparisons to Gerald Finley and Simon Keenlyside, and pianist Kathryn Stott, a favourite Festival artist. BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and presenter Katy Hamilton provides enlightening insight about each programme in a series of short pre-concert talks.

Programme includes music by Barber, Berlin, Britten, Bruce, Carter, Copland, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin, Glass, Piazzolla, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Reich.

Kindly supported by Sir Michael and Lady McWilliam

Saturday programme

3pm: Gardens open / pre-concert drinks

4pm: Concert I
Britten String Quartet No 1 in D Op. 25 (25’)
Ravel Sonatine (5’)
Ravel Jeux d’eau (11’)
Dvořák String Quartet No 12 in F Op. 96 ‘American Quartet’ (30’)

6pm: Dinner

7.30pm: Concert II
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42 (20’)
Samuel Barber Dover Beach (8’)
Elliott Carter Elegy for string quartet (5’)
Piazzolla Four for Tango, for string quartet (5’)
Barber Nocturne (4’)
I hear an army (2.30’)
Sure on this shining night (2.20’)
Charles Ives The Housatonic at Stockbridge (4’)
The Circus Band (2’)
Ich grolle nicht (3’)
Charlie Rutlage (3’)
Trad. (Arr. Lee Musiker) Shenandoah (3’)
William Bolcom Fur (2.30’)
Black max (3’)
Irving Berlin What’ll I do (2.30’)
Let’s face the music and dance (2.30’)
Jerome Kern Way you look tonight (3.30’)

Sunday programme

10am: Gardens open

11am: Concert III
Copland Four Piano Blues (8’)
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata (14’)
Gershwin Three preludes (8’)
Gershwin Someone to Watch Over Me (4’)
Debussy Première rhapsodie (8’)
Steve Reich Different Trains (30’)

1pm: Lunch

3pm: Concert IV
Philip Glass String Quartet No.3 ‘Mishima’ (20’)
Samuel Barber String Quartet in B minor Op. 11 (20’)
David Bruce Gumboots for Clarinet & String Quartet (25’)

Ticket Information

This is the Full Weekend Ticket for performances and meals on Saturday 29 June & Sunday 30 June 2019. Please click below for individual day ticket options:

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Syde Manor

Directions to this venue will be emailed to bookers of the Music Festival concert weekend prior to the event.

The venue is 10 miles south of Cheltenham.

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